John Oliver's "Distinct Voice" Gains New HBO Show
Comedian John Oliver will have a satirical news show on HBO which will premiere next year. The British-born comic has been guest hosting the 'Daily Show' whilst Jon Stewart has been away directing a film.
John Oliver has a new show commissioned by HBO. The comedian has been filling in for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show over the summer and had gained the attention HBO producers.
Stewart was away directing his upcoming movie Rosewater and Oliver filled in, as USA Today reports. As a result, HBO have commissioned Oliver to present a satirical news show on a Sunday evening.
HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo referred to this in his statement, issued on Thursday (14th November), in which he said: "We weren't otherwise searching for another weekly talk show, but when we saw John Oliver handling host duties on The Daily Show, we knew that his singular perspective and distinct voice belonged on HBO."
British comedian Oliver added in the statement that he was excited to be joining HBO. He said "I'm incredibly excited to be joining HBO, especially as I presume that means I get free HBO now. I want to thank Comedy Central and everyone at The Daily Show for the best seven-and-a-half years of my life. But most of all, I'd like to thank Jon Stewart. He taught me everything I know. In fact, if I fail in the future, it's entirely his fault."
Oliver is best known in the UK for his stand-up work and his appearances on Mock the Week. In the US, he has appeared on such series as The Bugle and Community.
Oliver's new show will air on HBO on Sunday evenings, probably at around 11pm. This first show will premiere sometime in 2014.
Jon Stewart at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards.
John Oliver and his wife Kate Norley, at the 2012 Comedy Awards.